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Ok, so I'm not totally sure but I may have gotten my girl from a back yard breeder. I thought she was reputable since she required a contract, she said to have it neutered (something I was going to do anyway) and she said she would take it back if I couldnt care for it. (no intention of that, she's my baby furever). But now that I'm reading the info here on these msg boards. I might not have done enough research. We did meet at an offsite and I was only charged $300. Should I be worried? Is there a health issue I should be looking for and how can I prevent any arising issues?

Sorry I'm new to all things dog.
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I would say you should speak with your vet. $300 for a Hav is CHEAP. Our pure boy was $1600 from a reputable breeder. Off site visits are a sure sign beyond the price you paid. I would contact a vet ASAP. Sorry!
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A reputable breeder would probably be charging more than $1500 for a Havanese puppy. They would have done the necessary health testing on the puppies parents. This would include eyes, ears, hips and patellas. They also would not breed dogs that did not conform to the breed standard. You may end up with a perfectly healthy dog or can have any one of a host of health or behavioral problems show up. You should just love and care for your puppy and work with your vet with regular check ups to make sure you catch any problems that might occur.



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Her first vet appt was yesterday. She got a clean bill of health but it just worries me since I know I got her for cheap it's almost a too good to be true scenario. I don't know if I'm paranoid or what. She is a perfect pup except not potty trained.
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You need to treat her like a younger puppy and start from scratch with potty training. Take her out frequently, don't give her too much freedom in the house and make it clear to her where you want her to go. You also may have some behavioral issues come up if she was not properly socialized when she was younger. Because you did not see the breeders house you really have no idea how she was raised. Good luck with her. She is a cute pup!



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If you google "Havanese inherited health issues" you will find the health issues that all Havanese owners should be aware of. Reputable breeders test their dogs to ensure that they don't knowingly breed any dogs with health issues that can be passed on to their offspring. If your vet isn't familiar with the Havanese breed, you should share that information as well. The price you paid would certainly suggest that your puppy came from a backyard breeder, but that doesn't always mean your puppy won't be one of the lucky ones with good genes.
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I'm sorry to say but it sounds like a BYB situation. As you've probably read on this forum, a couple of big red flags are the low price ($300) and meeting the seller offsite. Most people pay $1500-$2500 for a Havanese from a reputable breeder.

Did your vet test for parasites with a stool sample? If not, I would request one for peace of mind. And did the breeder state whether the pup was vaccinated or not? I would assume not and have your vet start vaccinating as if she was a brand new puppy, or else get titers to determine her current level of antibodies.

Potty training might be more difficult so I recommend crate training and an expen to limit your puppy's access in your home until she develops good skills.

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Just because you got your dog from someone who is not completely reputable does not mean that your puppy will not be beautiful, healthy, and live a long life.

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The vet did take a stool sample that came back negative and the breeder did provide shot records. She has been vaccinated up to 3 months and has been dewormed 3x. I had her vaccinated for her 4th month. We met offsite, but I had asked to meet publicly before realizing that I should have seen her home. How exactly do I crate train?

Thank you Hsusa, I'm hoping so. I love her so much!
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When I crate trained Molly she would be in her crate whenever I wasn't directly supervising her. If she did potty outside she would then get supervised "freedom" in the house. If she did not go potty she would go back in the crate and we would try again in a little while. Even though young puppies can go all night without going potty, during the day when they are active they have to potty ALOT! Every time they change activities is a good time to take them out. So after eating, playing and when they wake up from a nap. As they mature the time spent in the crate is less and their freedom in the house can be increased.I also used an expen in the house to give Molly a place to play when I couldn't have eyes on her every second. Molly has freedom now when I am home but still goes in her crate when I shower or run a quick errand. When I am gone longer she is gated in my tiled mudroom with her food, water, crate, and toys. Good luck and just remember not to give too much freedom in the house too soon.



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